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Preview Gallery: 2010 Panini Gridiron Gear RG Gems autographs by Chris Olds

By Chris Olds | Editor

Panini America released a handful of preview images to tease what’s coming in 2010 Gridiron Gear, which arrives this week with some hidden surprises.

What kinds of surprises?

Well, for starters there are the Rookie Gridiron Gems cards that have an autograph on a jersey swatch that is concealed inside the card. Collectors can pull out its inner panel to see the entire signature.

You’ll see more of the cards after the jump, and you see the rest of the cards from the set online starting with a batch right here and you’ll have the chance to win one of these cards from a top running back in the class in the next issue of Beckett Football. (That’ll be in hobby shops and chain stores around the country by next month … )

Until then, you can see five cards — before and after autograph reveals — after the jump.

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Box Busters: 2010 Topps Attax football cards by Chris Olds
September 2, 2010, 5:26 pm
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Join Beckett Media’s Dan Hitt and Tracy Hackler rip into a box of 2010 Topps Attax football cards in this episode of Box Busters.

What will they find inside?

Watch and find out …



Topps Offers Bounty for Rare Quad-Signed Rookie Premiere Auto by Tracy Hackler

A limited-edition 2010 Topps Rookie Premiere Autograph card signed by Sam Bradford, Tim Tebow, Dez Bryant and Jimmy Clausen will land one lucky collector a full-size NFL helmet signed by the same four rookie stars in Topps’ latest bounty program that was revealed to Beckett Media on Thursday evening.

It’s possible that up to nine other collectors could find the card that’s limited to just 10 copies. They’ll be eligible for prizes, too.

For more information on the bounty, watch the video that stars a most sensational special guest . . .



Tim Tebow Justifies Early Collector Interest in Preseason Debut by Tracy Hackler

OK, so Tim Tebow‘s unbelievably ballyhooed NFL debut during the second half of Denver’s preseason opener in Cincinnati on Sunday night wasn’t necessarily Phil Simms in Super Bowl XXI.

Still, the polarizing project passer from the University of Florida did provide a few highly improbable outcomes: He made an NFL preseason game legitimate must-see TV, he outperformed fellow rookie classmates Sam Bradford, Jimmy Clausen and Colt McCoy, and he gave all those collectors throwing crazy cash at his Rookie Cards the right to say “I told you so” — if only for one week.

Granted, Tebow wasn’t exactly facing the Steel Curtain, the Purple People Eaters, the Monsters of the Midway or Doomsday, but neither were Clausen, McCoy and Bradford. Tebow threw for more yards than the other three first-year QBs, and was the only one of the four to complete better than 60 percent of his passes and produce a touchdown.

Here’s how the four stacked up statistically during their respective NFL preseason debuts:

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2010 Topps Rookie Premiere Autographs: Part 1 of an Exclusive Gallery by Tracy Hackler

Has it really been 11 years since Topps first introduced the modern masterpiece known as the Rookie Premiere Autograph? It seems like just yesterday that the company first pulled the curtain back on something so revolutionary that we dubbed it the “Immaculate Collection” way back in May of 2000.

More than a decade later, Topps’ annual manufacturing marvel — photographs are taken and the cards are printed and signed all in less than three days — is still wowing collectors while annually providing one of the principal chase elements in base-brand Topps Football.

Late last month at the 2010 NFL Players Rookie Premiere, Topps officials maximized their day in the sun with the likes of Tim Tebow, Sam Bradford, Colt McCoy, Jimmy Clausen, C.J. Spiller, Jahvid Best, Ryan Mathews, Dez Bryant and 27 other young stars to procure the penmanship necessary to produce the 2010 Rookie Premiere Autographs insert.

Not yet included on these preview images is the foil sequential numbering that will grace the cards for the first time (singles will be numbered to 90, duals will be numbered to 25).

This year’s installment, slated to release in late August with 35 single-signed cards and five duals, is shaping up to be one of the most coveted in years. As a means of piquing the interest of football collectors everywhere, Topps officials released to Beckett Media late Monday a most impressive 40-card image gallery.

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First Look: 2010 Topps Platinum Football by Tracy Hackler

Topps officials on Thursday morning unveiled preliminary product information and card images for the rookie-focused 2010 Topps Platinum Football, the company’s second NFL product of the season that will arrive in mid September on the heels of venerable base-brand Topps, and just seven months after the 2009 edition.

See more images after the jump.

This year’s version of Platinum — which features a 165-card base set — will deliver three autograph cards per box, including two autographed Refractor Rookie Cards and one autograph Refractor patch card. Every autograph in the product will be featured on Refractor technology. New this year are dual-signed rookies numbered to 25 and hobby-exclusive triple-signed rookies numbered to 10.

Platinum’s autographed Refractor patch cards will include 1/1 Superfractor versions as well as Red and Black parallel versions. Base-card Superfractors and printing plates 1/1s will be hobby-exclusive.

In addition to the three autographs, each box of Platinum will also deliver six Rookie Card variations from a checklist of 55 subjects and each pack will deliver two Chrome Rookie Cards.

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Exclusive First Look: 2010 Press Pass Football by Tracy Hackler

Press Pass officials on Thursday morning provided an appetite-whetting early look at 2010 Press Pass Football, a product due out March 31 and buoyed by what many expect to be one of the most spectacular draft classes in recent memory.

The preview includes America’s first glimpse of licensed trading cards featuring collegiate superstars Tim Tebow, Colt McCoy, Sam Bradford and Jimmy Clausen.

Press Pass’ final product under its expiring CLC licensing agreement will deliver five on-card autographs per box in addition to two Reflectors parallels, two Power Picks and seven Banner Season insert cards.

“Our incredibly popular Red Ink and Inscription variations return for another year to add an exciting and unique chase element for collectors,” said Nick Matijevich, Press Pass’ Director of Product Development. “All cards will prominently feature collegiate logos from the players’ universities.”

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